Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

Helping Kids Hack the Future: GeekDad Interviews Shawn Scott

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People often become geeks because of their parents or mentors. Tony Stark would never have become Iron Man without his father, Howard Stark. Shawn Scott is super geek and super dad working to develop the next generation of geeks all across the United States. Continue reading

Hacking the Holidays

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One of my favorite things about the maker revolution is the availability of tools that a decade ago were out of reach of the average hobbyist. Sure, magazines like Nuts & Volts catered to the die-hard hobbyists, but before the internet, and before e-commerce it was difficult for the average guy to find the parts for their projects. It wasn’t just availability either, the price of these things was high. Development boards for microcontrollers cost upwards of $100 and more, and small parts often had a minimum order of 100 units.
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Mod Game Boys

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Of all the fellows on staff here at GeekDad, I’d be willing to guess that I am the least mechanically inclined. However, as I slide ever closer to middle-age, I’ve recently begun to find my footing… by tinkering with old game systems. Continue reading

London Gets Its Own (Mini) Maker Faire – Finally!

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This coming Saturday (July 6th), London finally gets its own Maker Faire, to be held from 10am until 6pm at the London College of Communication, in Elephant & Castle. Come along and make some stuff with your kids! Continue reading

Robots, Electronics Hacking, and Kids

I built my first robot at age 7. It was made out of parts from an Erector set and stood about three feet tall. It had arms and legs and wheels under its feet. A (very weak) motor was supposed … Continue reading

Don’t Be Bored, Be Unbored – Review and Giveaway

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun is a wonderful collection of makes, activities, inspiration and knowledge beautifully presented and well worthy of a space in any GeekKid’s library. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy. Continue reading

FireFly Controller Board Simplifies Rocket Science

Recently, my friend Mike Doornbos from Evadot got together with the small-satellite crew down at the non-profit Kentucky Space to try to fix an annoying problem. They wanted a standard “mission command” board that could serve as the basis for … Continue reading

NASA Space Apps Challenge Invites You to a Global Hackathon

NASA wants some new tools to make life in space — and on Earth — better and they need your help! The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon (they prefer “codeathon”) happening April 21-22, 2012. Participants from around the world … Continue reading